For Black History Month, four Black-owned breweries in NorCal are releasing special collaborations commemorating four incredible figures in American history.
Bay Area-native Milton Bowens is behind the can label designs, part of a larger series called the People's Art Campaign showcased at Underground Books, founded by Kevin Johnson, former NBA star and past mayor of Sacramento, and located across from Oak Park Brewing Co.
A different style of IPA was brewed for each release -- red, black, hazy and West Coast -- with two being brewed locally at Hunters Point Brewery (familiar home to Speakeasy Ales & Lagers), one at Oak Park Brewing Co. in Sacramento, and the fourth at Full Circle Brewing Co. in Fresno. Three of the four beers feature South African hops, Southern Passion and African Queen, known for their fruit-forward flavors.
Read more about this project via our friends at SF Gate
Oak Park Brewing
Ella Josephine Baker / All We Want Is What You Promised
Always down for good trouble. Great deep amber color with lots of malt flavor accented with citrus focused hops.
Full Circle Brewing
Fred Allen Hampton / Eye Am a Revolutionary
Don't lose time. Refreshing hazy beer with plenty of fruity hops (pineapple, lemon) and nice bitterness that doesn’t get overwhelming.
Hella Coastal Brewing
Fannie Lou Hamer / Everybody Is Free
West Coast IPA
Making history for the culture. Contract brewed at Hunters Point Brewery, this tasty and refreshing take on the classic style is totally crushable.
Hunters Point Brewery
James Baldwin / America's Native Son
Black India Pale Ale
You can cage the singer but not the song. Rich with roast and caramel flavors with nice citrus-pine hoppiness, yet crisp and light with tasty coffee bitterness.